The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Walking Dead
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Beautifully filmed and powerfully acted, Walking Out effectively balances tense father-son drama against an affecting wilderness survival story.
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The second half is gripping. There's less time for talk, and the Smith brothers give us a superb sense of the fearful power of this landscape. Maybe that was the point all along: nature just keeps on giving and taking.
The mountain backdrops are stunning, but the movie's real draw is its understanding of how children pick up more from their parents than their skeptical, self-pitying moms and dads ever imagine.
A spare but deeply affecting male weepie, in which the intensity of feeling between father and son can find expression only under the most extreme circumstances.
You won't walk out of Walking Out.
Few movies have evinced such a specifically American understanding of the role that love plays (or doesn't) in becoming a man, or so openly confronted the notion that strength can only be passed down through suffering.
Walking Out settles into a comfortable survivalist-story groove, albeit one specifically designed to dehydrate emotionally repressed males one sob at a time.
Smith and Smith demand nuanced performances from the central pair which results in a credible story but nothing that hasn't been done before.
While not quite the journey the film aspires to be, Walking Out bares enough sustenance to justify the trip.
Walking Out is a textbook "boy learning to become a man" movie, that attempts to make its tropes feel fresh by presenting them as self-seriously as possible.
Both [Matt] Bomer and [Josh] Wiggins do a terrific job of making the panic and fear of an unfamiliar situation seem real, but it's the [Andrew] Smiths who really make the scenario and snow-clad surroundings come alive.
This battle-for-survival-type drama treads familiar territory and offers some warmth but never seems quite as powerful as it should be.
Matt Bomer and Josh Wiggins' performances are moving in a slow-building way, buoyed by a gentle but affecting spirit. The same can be said of the film's direction.
This is a wonderful film that deserves all the acclaim it has achieved, films like these are why indie cinema is booming at the moment. Andrew and Alex Smith will be filmmakers to watch in the future, this film has a strong cinematic eye but never abandons the key characters of the film. You learn so much about the characters in the short running time and it is slightly annoying a film like this has been ignored by the award ceremonies. You can hardly fault the choices of the filmmakers and they accomplish so much with so little, just having the right actors is essential to these films. One of my top 9 films of 2017 and one of the best films I have seen for sometime, very original. 07/01/2017.
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